Newsletter Nov 11, 2016


St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

November 11, 2016

Dear Families,

Wow! I cannot believe how quickly this first trimester has gone! Was Halloween really almost 2 weeks ago?! We have been so busy in PreK and the students are literally growing before my eyes. We had a wonderful Halloween party with lots of treats and games, but I have to say my favorite part was parading around the campus to show off our creative costumes. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day so much fun!! I am still working on how to share all of our pictures – I need a picture of the class in costume as the only one I received has one kiddo completely blocked by another – but I will let you know soon.

As you may have read in Mr. Sherman’s newsletter, several times a year we like to recognize one student in each grade who exemplifies our mission to live in faith as we SERVE, LEAD, LOVE and LEARN. This month I would like to congratulate Kyle as our honoree. He is learning to share with his classmates, which is a great first step for learning to serve his community. Kyle was invited to have pizza lunch with Mr. Sherman and the winners from the other classes. Needless to say, it is VERY difficult to chose one winner with the great group of students I have this year! Every student will have the opportunity to win the award as they grow and thrive here at SMS, but it may just not be this year as we have a limited number of months during each school year.

We have spent the last week and a half studying the letter P. There are so many words that start with P and we have been busy making peacocks, penguins, pirates, parrots and pizza out of the letter. The artwork is decorating our classroom, but I promise to send them home soon. We also spent a lot of time this last week working on number recognition and counting. I am thrilled to hear students counting and figuring out how many more they need to make a set. While I am teaching the students how to write numbers using fun poems (across the sky and down from heaven, now we have the number seven), I am not concerned with messy handwriting. I am more concerned with number recognition and counting in order up to twenty. I am busy searching the internet for more fun number games to play. Please take the opportunity to play games like “I Spy” and “how many?” whenever you can.

Yesterday, we spent some time talking about the veterans who helped make America free. I hope you enjoyed the wreath of red poppies we made. There is a poem about the poppies growing on the battlefields and they are a significant symbol of remembrance around the world. Besides being pretty, they were great for building fine motor skills. Every single student struggled at first, but each one of them was so proud that they were able to attach the flowers all by themselves. Yay PreK!!

We have one more full week before our short Thanksgiving week. I am trying to complete my report cards so we may sit down at conferences to discuss your child’s progress so far this year. Grading four and five year olds is a bit tricky, but this will be a great opportunity for me to share my ideas and for us to coordinate a plan for further learning and development. Remember, we will dismiss all students at 12p on Mon-Wed, Nov 21-23, so we may meet with individual families. Please be sure to return you request of conference times on Monday.

Each year SMS School adopts several families to help feed during the Thanksgiving holiday. Our class is pairing up with Mr. Talevich’s sixth grade class to help fill boxes full of food and toiletries for one of the families. I have attached a list of items indicating what each of us is responsible for bringing to school by Friday, November 18th. It is a great way for us to help those who are less fortunate. Thank you in advance for your help and generosity!

Finally, I would like to tell you about our role as a class in the St Nick Nite. Each year, certain classes are “in charge” of hosting various events. The PreK and Kindergarten classes are specifically asked to help with the Christmas concert. You should have already received a Sign-Up Genius email requesting help with set-up, dessert donations and clean-up. Please look for the email and sign-up to help wherever you are able. Thank you!

I sent home two more order forms, as they were misplaced when I sent the other form. This is a great place to order books for the holidays. The Scholastic website is a fabulous resource if you would like to order books for older siblings, nieces and nephews. Remember, every book you order earns us points to order more free books for our classroom. I will place the next order as soon as orders are made.

Ordering online is fast and easy:

  • VISIT com/readingclub
  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: NNKNT
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

Upcoming Events:

  • Items for Thanksgiving Boxes: Please bring in your assigned item(s) by Nov 18th.
  • Parent Teacher conferences Nov 21&22: We will schedule 20min conferences soon.
  • No School Nov 24&25: Thanksgiving break.
  • St Nick Night Thurs Dec 1st: Grades Prek-4th will sing Christmas classics.
  • Christmas break: Dec 16th noon dismissal until classes resume Jan 3rd at 8:30a

Friendly Reminders:

  • Please remember to label your child’s bags, water bottles and clothing. Items left places other than the classroom often make their way to our lost and found bin outside the school office.
  • Please send a water bottle to school with your children so they can stay hydrated after recess and PE.
  • Our first colds will begin to make the rounds soon. Please remember to keep your child home if they are sick, especially with a fever.

Thank you for entrusting me with your wonderful children!


Karen Madden

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